Finishing Strong – Homeschooling Middle & High School #110

If your family is homeschooling middle school or high school kids, we are thrilled you are here. Our Finishing Strong link-up is here every Wednesday. We co-host it with Heather from Blog She Wrote, Eva from EvaVarga, and Heidi from Starts at Eight.

Below, you’ll find a bunch of practical tips, encouragement, and interesting learning tools you can use to help you homeschool older students.

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I’ve used notebooking pages with my kids for years. They’re an amazing way for my girls to show what they’ve learned and a tool to organize their learning.

One of the sites I use to find pages for our home school, Notebooking Pages, is hosting a big homeschool giveaway next Tuesday. Prizes include lifetime memberships to their site.

It would be great if one of our Finishing Strong families won!!!


If you’ve been wondering whether adding notebooking to your homeschool makes sense, give their free membership a try. Pick a subject or two, download some pages, and add them to your child’s lessons.

Now’s the time to give them a try because right after the giveaway, they are hosting their winter sale. So, if you find that you like using notebooking pages with your older kids, you’ll be able to save some money.


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4 Fun Reads from Last Week:

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1. How to Homeschool Simply (The Teen Years) by There’s No Place Like Home

Too many families feel that high school is complex, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, when you keep it simple, it’s more enjoyable for everyone.

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2. The Problem of Over-Scheduling by Blog, She Wrote

Yes, this! I know we are a family who is over-scheduled and I know I want/need it to stop. This is something I’ve been purposeful about reigning in for our family this year for many of the reasons Heather shares.
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3. No more resolutions! Why Setting Goals is Important by Practical, By Default

Personally, I stopped making New Year’s resolutions years ago, for many of the same reasons outlined here. They just don’t stick. Instead, I set some clear goals that I would love to achieve in the coming year. Just like with resolutions, I don’t always meet them, but instead of just giving up, like many people do with their resolutions, I just re-evaluate and keep moving forward.

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4. We Returned Our Homeschool History Curriculum After One Week (And Replaced it With This) by The Sparrow’s Home

While I don’t use the history curriculum that is shared here, I do full support the message that if something isn’t working, replace it. There are too many great resources out there to try to push through something that just doesn’t work for your family. Sure, it costs money, but I’ve found that’s it’s always worth giving new products a try when you’re struggling.

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Megan Zechman
I love homeschooling! Learning is a way of life for our family. Most days you will find us exploring our Central Florida community, having fun while learning. I am constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage my older children.
Megan Zechman
Megan Zechman


  1. Thanks for the feature Megan! I appreciate it. I hope you are having a great week.

  2. I always love all the great articles and ideas I get through this linky party! Thank you so much for hosting.